Have you made plans for Labor Day Weekend? You don’t have to leave home to have a whole bunch of Portland-style family fun. Nosh on the finest local food at The Bite of Oregon, make some tie-dye, or check out the Dahlia Festival. Fun is taking to the streets and your family should be there. Read on to find out where your want to be for the summer’s last long weekend.

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Attend the 2017 Oregon State Fair
The 152nd Oregon State Fair runs Sept. 4 in Salem. This year’s fair features two coloring contests and serves up big screams with more than 50 thrilling carnival rides. The annual attractions are also back with street performers, horse competitions, canine agility tests, world reptiles, nightly laser show, and much more. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

Don’t Miss The Bite of Oregon
The Bite of Oregon, at its new location at the Rose Quarter, will serve up the finest food from the best restaurants and chefs, while featuring food carts, more than 15 wineries, 5 distilleries and the renowned Oregon craft beer garden with 15+ Oregon breweries and cider houses. Also not to be missed is the culinary magic of Iron Chef Oregon, Appetizer Alley, Sports Oregon, live music and more. Open on exciting new dates, Labor Day weekend, the Bite of Oregon offers everyone more time to play and to truly savor all the state has to offer. It’s a weekend for friends and family, good times and good food. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Catch This Is Hunger: A Free National Exhibit
Take a compelling journey, one that draws you into the lives of everyday Americans – and deepens your awareness about who struggles with hunger and why. This 45-minute exhibit tells intimate stories of dozens of Americans using portraits, state-of-the-art storytelling techniques and hands-on activities. Come face to face with hunger in America. It will change the way you look at your city and your neighborhood. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Groove with Red Yarn
Red Yarn, Andy Furgeson, is a dynamic family performer and teaching artist in Portland, Oregon. He weaves folksongs and puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. With his energetic performances and lush recordings, Red Yarn reinvigorates American folklore for younger generations. Fri. Event Details.

Try Your Hand at Jewelry Making: Shrinky Dinks
Celebrate and create this September during ‘Build it Month’ at the Portland Children’s Museum. Every Saturday during September, transform your drawings into a wearable works of art with Liz. You’ll draw on shrink paper and cut out the creations, then watch as the drawings shrink and harden in the toaster oven. Now your creations are ready to become a pendant on a necklace, a charm bracelet, or a pin to wear or give as a gift. Sat. Event Details.

Tie-Dye at the Portland Children’s Museum
Celebrate and create this September during ‘Build it Month’ at the Portland Children’s Museum. On September 2, you and your little artist will get the chance to transform white cotton into a vibrant swirl of color as you twist, tie, and dye. Bring a shirt from home to tie-dye, or pick-up one at the Museum. Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Attend Art In The Pearl
Art in The Pearl features 100 booths of fine art as well as music, food, and hands-on art activities along NW 8th Ave in North Park Blocks. Art In The Pearl has been named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country. The festival fills the Northwest Portland Park blocks with art, theater, music, and hands-on activities for people of all ages. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Attend the Math In Color Workshop
Math In Color offers hands-on math workshops and camps designed just for girls! It’s About Time workshop: Learn about time with our interactive analog clock, and create your very own paper clock to take home and practice with. Sat. Event Details.


Check Out the Dahlia Festival
View 400 floral arrangements of dahlias indoors, 30 acres of dahlias outdoors, and dahlia growing and arranging demos at the Dahlia Festival at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. Food and live music will take place throughout the event and kids will enjoy balloon art and face painting. Sat. & Sun. Event Detail.

NE Portland

Check Out the Oregon Fermentation Festival
Oregon Fermentation Festival has fermented foods, food trucks, a beverage garden, workshops, and family-friendly entertainment at Rossi Farms. The 3rd annual Oregon Fermentation Festival is an outdoor harvest festival of fermented foods and beverages. It’s the largest celebration of fermentation in the Pacific Northwest! Sat. Event Details.

What does your family like to do for the Labor Day Weekend? Share with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti